The goal of the Brady Farm is to provide affordable, fresh, locally grown produce to our community. We strive to maintain affordable prices in order to serve all people. We use a combination of weekly box shares (CSA), market shares, market stands, and donation to reach as many people as possible.
CSA stands for Community-Supported-Agriculture. CSAs are meant for farm to support their community, and in turn, the community supports the farm. Traditionally CSAs mean families purchase a “share” of the farm in the spring. This helps the farm to cover the high expenses early in the season. In turn, the shareholders give input on what they’d like grown and they receive a weekly box of produce. The Brady CSA offers this traditional model, but has a modified market share to allow families to contribute less and have more choice over what they receive. This is especially helpful for families with limited incomes. Our CSA program is strengthened through collaborations with other local farms. CSA shares are picked up at the farm, at farm stands or designated locations across our community.
Market Stand: Starting in spring 2018 we will sell at the Saturday Regional Market 7 am – 2pm, at a neighborhood farm stand (TBD) and from the farm Monday - Friday 8 am - 3pm. the corner of Midland and Ballantyne Sundays from 9 am – 2 pm.
Donation: Much of our community relies upon emergency food services to supplement their diet. We partner with local pantries and organizations to donate excess produce throughout the community, with a goal of 25% of our produce donated.
The urban setting of the Brady Farm is ideal because it allows many people from the City to easily explore a farm and nature, and learn about how to grow food. We encourage groups to use the farm as a site for workshops, and we will be offering workshops designed to teach people about topics ranging from growing mushrooms, composting, pest management, and nature education. Check out our events page for information about upcoming workshops.
We try to offer jobs to residents within our community as much as possible. Farming is not a skill common to urban residents. Our goal is to use the farm as a way to offer both valuable farming experience and skill building, and use the experience of working at the farm as a means of gaining general job skills to help people succeed in any job. For more information about job opportunities at Brady, click here.
Our goal is to provide food that our community wants to eat, and is as healthy as possible. We use organic methods of production and limit the use of chemicals for pesticides or fertilizers. Since the farm is new, some perennial crops such as asparagus, apples and strawberries won’t be ready for a few more years. We also partner with other farms in order to offer more variety at our market stand and in the CSA box.
At the Brady Farm you’ll find different varieties of beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, greens, herbs, lettuce, melon, okra, peppers, squash, tomatoes, tomatillos and flowers. Our partner farms provide garlic, onions, potatoes, a range of Asian vegetables such as specialty eggplant, greens and beans, and apples. What we offer changes by the season.
In 2018 we'll use two high tunnels (plastic greenhouses) for starting seedlings, growing early crops like lettuce, spinach and carrots, and extending crops into winter.